Singapore Airlines has just recently updated their new redemption charts to include Premium Economy redemption - read more about the changes here! If you are looking for more ways to earn KrisFlyer Miles, check out the guide to the co-branded American Express cards here! The national carrier of Singapore has just announced that KrisFlyer members will now be able to use their hard earned miles for shopping on KrisShop - read on to find out why you should most definitely NOT do this.
Firstly, KrisFlyer miles are sacred (to us mile chasers) and extremely valuable - if you use them correctly, you can easily get over S$50 value for every 1,000 miles - this is why I strongly advocate choosing miles over some pesky cash rebate. In fact, you should also consider buying miles by paying for the annual fees of credit cards if you intend to travel in a premium class often.
Secondly, your KrisFlyer miles are worth almost nothing on KrisShop. Sure, getting a brand new Samsonite Spinner Luggage seems like a great idea but honestly, do you want to exchange 87,500 KrisFlyer Miles for a S$700 luggage bag - you are only getting S$8 value per 1,000 KrisFlyer mile. KrisShop is running a 10% off required miles until 15 June 2016 but even then, you are only getting S$8.89 value per 1,000 miles (compare that to over S$50 on a premium cabin redemption)! To put things into perspective, it will only cost you 68,000 KrisFlyer Miles and approximately S$68 in taxes to redeem for a Return Business Class Flight to Japan from Singapore on Singapore Airlines.
Seriously, save your miles for something else.
Eligible customers who have received an SMS from OCBC Bank this evening to play the OCBC Catch Cart game will be able to earn up to 37,500 OCBC$ (worth 15,000 Miles) for being a top-scorer. Eligible customers will be able to play the game and submit their scores from 19 September 2018 to 30 September 2018 - your highest score will be recorded if you submit multiple scores.
I have always been an advocate for Chope since it allows you to not only make reservations on-the-go but also rack up plenty of Chope-Dollars which you can then use for dining vouchers or even KrisFlyer miles. There are no fees involved in using Chope so there is really zero reason for you not to - especially the last thing you want to experience is being turned away at a restaurant that you have already travelled down for.
I have not been using Mileslife as regularly as I would have wished but getting free miles by walking a number of steps each day and getting a chance to win some miles by opening the app do make it slightly more lucrative. For the month of September, Mileslife is offering users the chance to earn 1,200 bonus miles by complete three tasks (hopefully this is not targeted once again since their terms and conditions do not typically mention this).
Mileslife is a great way to supercharge the accrual of miles especially when bonuses are in place - there is currently the opportunity to earn up to 8 miles per dollar (on top of credit card spend) at selected restaurants. This means to say that if you are using the UOB Preferred Platinum Visa credit card, you can essentially earn up to 12 miles per dollar on dining which is crazy if you think about it! Apart from spending, users are able to accrue miles by simply completing a few simple tasks.
From now until 05 October 2018, purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles and get up to 50% bonus miles - these miles are great for Business Class and First Class flights but it does require some creative routing. I have written about these bonuses a few times now and they are usually capped at 40% for most members so make sure to log-in to your account to see whether it is targeted for the 50% bonus!
After a series of Business Class flights on Emirates, I have finally achieved MVP Gold status on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program. I have previously written about how crediting flights to the right program makes a world of difference - on my Business Class flights from Singapore to New York, I would have gotten only a one-way Economy Class flight from Singapore to Perth if I had credited it to Emirates Skywards. However, since I chose to credit it to my the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account, I had almost enough miles for a return-flight (somewhat even though a short detour is required) to Tokyo in Business Class.
Anyone who has read The Straits Times today must have seen Bank of China's full-page ad for the brand new BOC Elite Miles World Mastercard that offers up to 5 miles and 2 miles per dollar for foreign and local currency transactions respectively. Now before you get exceedingly excited, do note that these earn rates are promotional and they will only last until 31 December 2018 (your card must also be approved by 15 December 2018). Following the promotional period, the regular earn rates for this card revert to 3 miles and 1.5 miles per dollar for eligible foreign and local currency transactions respectively.
Mileslife is offering 4X more miles for dining transactions made at participating Crystal Jade restaurants across Singapore from 01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018 - this means that you will be able to earn up to 8 miles per dollar at participating restaurants. Additionally, they are also giving out an additional 500 bonus miles (promo code below!) for a transaction made this month that is above the value of SGD 49.
It is no secret that the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is one of the best credit cards in Singapore to hold - it gives you 4 miles per dollar on all eligible purchases made with the credit card and you can easily get it on contactless transactions as well (Citibank is offering 8 miles per dollar on Apple Pay transactions until 31 July 2018). Cardholders can now earn an additional 2% rebate on top of 10X OCBC$ for all eligible BEST Denki purchases.
In conjunction with Chope's seventh birthday, diners are able to register and generate a unique promo code that will give you 400 additional Chope-Dollars over the next seven reservations (2,800 additional Chope-Dollars in total!). If you do not have a Chope account, you may choose to sign-up one for free using my referral link to earn 300 Chope-Dollars on your first reservation!